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Becoming a Workshop Leader 

OLLI Workshop and Workshop Leader
Thank you for considering volunteering to be an OLLI workshop leader. Without you the OLLI at Stony Brook University Program would not be as successful as it is today. This page is designed to help give OLLI members an understanding of the process of becoming a workshop leader and the responsibilities it entails. 

For the Spring 2021 semester, all potential workshop leaders must fill out a workshop leader application   no later than Friday, November 6, 2020 at 5:00pm.  Please fill out the application once per workshop;  Leaders & Co-Leaders should communicate as to who fills out the application . If you have any questions about the application, please contact Devon Hannan, Graduate Student Assistant, at

Workshop Leader Application


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The steps below outline the process of becoming a workshop leader for the OLLI program. Any OLLI member is welcome to become a workshop leader, pending approval of the OLLI Program Director and Curriculum Committee. 


  1. Both new and returning workshop leaders must complete an application each semester they plan to lead a workshop. The link to this application is sent to all OLLI members prior to the start of a new semester via email. 
  2. The workshop leader application asks for the name and description of the workshop, in addition to the workshop leader’s scheduling preferences, supply requests, etc. 
  3. Returning workshop leaders leading a workshop of the same subject area will receive an email confirming their application has been accepted, in addition to the time and day their workshop will be held.
  4. New workshop leaders will be contacted and must present their proposed workshop to the Curriculum Committee in order to receive approval to lead the workshop. New workshop leaders include OLLI members who have never taught a workshop before and returning WSLs leading a workshop in a different subject area than their previous workshops.
  5. Once approved by the Curriculum Committee, new workshop leaders will receive an email confirming their application has been accepted, in addition to the time and day their workshop will be held.
  6. All workshop leaders will be invited to attend a Workshop Leader Training prior to the start of each semester. The Training will review any updated policies and procedures for the upcoming semester. It will also offer workshop leaders the opportunity to get together and offer each other feedback and suggestions on how to lead engaging workshops.